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Ukraine: End secret detentions

Since the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in April 2014, hundreds of civilians have been held in secret detention by both sides. Many are tortured and forced to “confess.” Many are still in detention, with no access to the outside world.

Both the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatist groups have taken people captive, often because they suspect them of cooperating or sympathising with the other side. 

People may be held for weeks or months before being released or exchanged in “prisoner swaps”. In many cases, having captives for “currency” may be the sole reason for detaining them.  

We are demanding that Ukrainian authorities stop secret detention in Ukraine. 

Dear President Poroshenko,

I call on you to:

  • Stop unacknowledged, incommunicado detention.
  • Stop torture and other ill-treatment of detainees.
  • Ensure all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in detention are investigated, and that those responsible are brought to justice.